Cincinnati Reds top 10 prospects for 2019

GOODYEAR, AZ - FEBRUARY 20: Nick Sennzel
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2. Taylor Trammell, OF

Birthday: 9/13/1997 (21)
Acquired: Draft, 1st round, 2016
Level(s): high-A Daytona
Statistics: .277/.375/.406, 110 G, 461 PA, 19 2B, 4 3B, 8 HR, 25 SB, 12.6% BB, 22.8% K

Behind Senzel, the Cincinnati Reds organization’s #2-4 prospects could really be in any order without a lot of argument, and all three should be within 20-30 spots of each other in top 100 lists, if not even closer. For me, Taylor Trammell is the clear class of the three, however.

Trammell was an elite two-sport athlete coming out of high school in Georgia in 2016. He was an incredible running back in high school and that led quite a few teams to shy away from him, assuming he would have a big bonus demand. The Reds gambled on Trammell with their competitive balance pick, knowing they could spread the big cost of his bonus by grabbing other low-cost options in the draft.

He has certainly made a big impression and made that spending worth it. Trammell shows tremendous recognition in both pitch recognition and zone recognition at the plate, something rare for a two-sport guy. He has power in his swing, though he’s not shown it to a significant degree to this point.

Trammell has the type of skill blend that should allow him to put together offensive statistics that will have fantasy players drooling, using his double-plus speed to tally steals and adding power numbers through plus raw power. While he’s a double-plus fielder, he seems to struggle off the bat in center, and his arm is below-average, so left field could be his future destination, though he should be elite there.

One of the most exciting players in minor league baseball right now, Trammell should be a guy that Cincinnati Reds fans are very excited about. He’ll get his first shot at the upper minors this year, and he could be pushing for major league time by the end of 2020.